Kitchen Support Worker

The Mustard Seed Edmonton, Alberta

Do you have a passion for service? Come be part of a healthy and supportive workplace as you develop your skills. As part of The Mustard Seed’s Basic Services, the Food Services team is not only committed to providing daily meals to build a healthy community but are also dedicated to the wellbeing and growth of participants. 


As a member of the Basic Services team, the Kitchen Support Worker is responsible for the preparation, storage, and distribution of meals for the Dinner2Door program at various food service locations of The Mustard Seed. Recognizing that healthy community and relationships are integral to poverty alleviation, the Kitchen Support Worker will not only use the kitchen to prepare nutritionally adequate meals for weekly delivery, but also to bring about The Mustard Seed’s mission and values, and create a space of belonging, growth, and wellbeing for volunteers, people accessing services, and staff members.

Position Type: Part time

Schedule: 4 evening shifts a week and may include weekends as required

Reporting to: Community Food Supervisor

Location: Street Church


  • Fulfil the mission of The Mustard Seed’s ministry and maintain a high level of professionalism, respect and gratitude with all staff, donors, volunteers, community participants and visitors
  • Participate in monthly menu planning
  • Communicate ingredient needs to the team lead
  • Manage the preparation, portioning, and storage of Dinner2Door dinners at designated location
  • Be flexible and incorporate food donations into meal plans as much as possible in order to ensure wise stewardship of budget
  • Notify team lead of donations received
  • Work with Volunteer Services to build a rewarding and meaningful volunteer experience for those helping in the kitchen, including staff, volunteers and community participants
  • Understand and communicate the root causes of poverty and poverty alleviation to those helping in the kitchen
  • Seek creative ways of including community participants in kitchen tasks and activities; cultivate a culture of hospitality
  • Ensure that volunteers treat all community participants with dignity and care consistent with the values of The Mustard Seed when in the kitchen
  • In accordance with Alberta Health Standards, ensure food safe practices are followed when receiving food (both donations and orders), storing food, and handling (preparing and serving) food
  • Train and mentor those helping in the kitchen—staff, volunteers, and community participants— on cooking skills, interpersonal skills, and food handling and safety
  • Foster meaningful relationships with supervisors, co-workers, volunteers and community participants


  • Maintain food areas’ cleanliness and kitchen safety to building code standards
  • Notify team lead of incoming donations to process
  • Maintain specific records including meal plans and any changes, quantities, daily notes
  • Participate in and contribute to  team meetings, trainings, and any other event scheduled by supervisor
  • Facilitate training for volunteers around food handling and safety
  • Foster, develop and maintain cooperative relationships with donors and volunteers
  • Participate in all staff training (e.g. First Aid, SafeTALK, Nonviolence) and attend monthly general meetings and support meetings with supervisor
  • Other duties and sites may be assigned when required


  • Experience working in food services—food preparation and meal planning skills
  • Flexible spirit: able to adapt to changing situations and solve problems creatively
  • Understanding of poverty issues within the inner-city and willingness to continue to learn about, in particular, issues pertaining to food.
  • Strong interpersonal skills: able to work with a variety of groups and personality types
  • Ability to work independently and be a self-starter
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Strong leadership skills: able to support and train staff, volunteers, and community participants
  • Valid First Aid Certification
  • Valid Food Safety Certification


  • Fast paced indoor working environment
  • Able to work at least 4 evening shifts a week and may include weekends as required
  • Moderate mental effort, includes: ability to solve problems pertaining to the Meal Program under time pressure, creative use of food donations, engaging volunteers and community participants.
  • Moderate physical effort, includes: regular heavy lifting (50lbs); being on your feet for extended periods of time (4 hours)
  • Access to a reliable vehicle and willingness to work in all The Mustard Seed sites


  • An Employment Background Check is required for all positions at The Mustard Seed
  • As The Mustard Seed is a Christian ministry, we require our employees to agree to respect and not detract from The Mustard Seed’s Employment Values during their employment at The Mustard Seed.
  • Must have legal authorization to work in Canada on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employee
  • As an organization we are concerned about the safety our staff and those we serve, therefore all new employees are required to participate in COVID-19 vaccinations. At least one shot must be received at the time of hire and proof of vaccination is required. If needed, personal health records are available by registering here: 


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  • We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. The Mustard Seed reserves the right to amend job advertisements. No phone calls please.
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